Graduate School of Education

Randy Hitz, Dean
Micki M. Caskey, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Cheryl L. Livneh, Associate Dean for Outreach

608 School of Education Building, 503-725-4619

Graduate Programs

  • Initial and Continuing Licenses
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Middle Level Education
  • High School Education—In cooperation with appropriate departments
  • Specialist Programs—Administrative Studies (P-12); Postsecondary,Adult and Continuing Education; Library Media; Counselor Education (options: School, Clinical Mental Health, Rehabilitation, Marital, Couple and Family); Literacy Education; Special Education, ESOL/Bilingual Education
  • M.Ed., M.A., M.S.—Education
  • M.A.T., M.S.T.—In cooperation with appropriate departments
  • Ed.D.—Educational Leadership (Options: Administration; Curriculum and Instruction; Postsecondary Education; Special Education)

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) has a wide range of comprehensive programs leading to degrees and licensure. It is authorized by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to recommend teacher education and specialist candidates for both initial licenses and added endorsements.

GSE programs are fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission. Counselor Education programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and the Council on Rehabilitation Education. Although licensure requirements are incorporated into degree programs, changes by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission during the life of this catalog may alter the requirements. Applicants for licenses must meet the Commission requirements in force at the time of the license application.†

† Because licensure rules are controlled by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, it is possible that licensure requirements may change. All persons expecting to be recommended for initial or continuing licenses should consult with an adviser or contact the Graduate School of Education Licensure Office, 503-725-4758.

The school welcomes all students to join in helping us reach our mission: “preparing professionals to meet our diverse communities’ lifelong educational needs.” The faculty and staff are committed to the following guiding principles as we strive to fulfill our mission:

  1. We create and sustain educational environments that serve all students and address diverse needs.
  2. We encourage and model exemplary programs and practices across the life span.
  3. We build our programs on the human and cultural richness of the University’s urban setting.
  4. We model professionalism and develop collaborative efforts that support our mission.
  5. We challenge assumptions about our practice and accept the risks inherent in following our convictions.
  6. We develop our programs to promote social justice, especially for groups that have been historically disenfranchised.
  7. We strive to understand the relationships among culture, curriculum, and practice and the long-term implications for ecological sustainability.
  8. We model thoughtful inquiry as the basis for sound decision-making.

Goals and Purposes

We prepare our candidates to provide leadership in:

Diversity and Inclusiveness:

  • to work in diverse settings
  • to promote inclusive and therapeutic environments

Research-Based Practices and Professional Standards

  • to critically analyze and implement research-based practices
  • to demonstrate appropriate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions

Impact on Learning and Development

  • to ensure all learners and clients succeed
  • to use technology to enhance learning
  • to influence policy and provide leadership for organizations

Evidence Informed Decision Making

  • to use evidence to solve problems of practice and make educational and therapeutic decisions